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Chelsea star slams ‘harsh & unfair’ criticism of Raheem Sterling


Chelsea winger Noni Madueke has urged followers to stay by teammate Raheem Sterling, labelling criticism of the 29-year-old “harsh and unfair”.

Sterling was booed all through the FA Cup quarter-final victory over Leicester Metropolis earlier this month and plenty of supporters on-line have urged Chelsea to half methods with the high-earning winger this summer time amid experiences of curiosity from Saudi Arabia.

Madueke, nevertheless, has come out in help of his senior teammate, insisting followers don’t see simply how dedicated to Chelsea Sterling really is.

“It is so essential [to support him],” Madueke informed the Every day Mail. “I am no person to inform you to not have an opinion however I even have mine. That is considered one of my teammates and the criticism is harsh and unfair. It is our obligation to voice our opinion and attempt to change the narrative a bit.

“Raheem is an distinctive footballer and a fair higher particular person. It’s kind of upsetting after I see among the criticism. I am positive he can deal with it however we all know how essential he’s for us. He is undoubtedly an enormous brother determine for lots of us. There’s a lot that individuals do not see. All I do know is that he is distinctive and tremendous dedicated to the trigger.”

Noni Madueke, Raheem Sterling

Madueke exhibits his help to Sterling / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Wider criticism of Chelsea has been frequent this season because the Blues as soon as once more discover themselves struggling in mid-table, however Madueke insists the squad try to show the scenario right into a optimistic.

“I really feel like negativity can solely gasoline you,” Madueke defined. “It provides you a harder pores and skin, it is a part of the sport. You are not going to undergo your profession with out having downs and destructive instances when persons are saying you are no good. The faster you study to cope with that, the higher.

“We’re in a semi-final of the FA Cup and, God prepared, if we win that (trophy) then we’re in Europe. Within the league there may be nonetheless plenty of soccer to be performed. We’re successful extra usually than we’re not in the mean time. Now we have to maintain it going and see the place we find yourself.”

He continued: “That is the primary time in my profession the place I’ve misplaced and drawn video games. It is a part of studying. Not only for me, all of us, [especially] the gamers who aren’t that conversant in the Premier League and English soccer.

“What I can say is that each time I am going to coaching I see an abundance of expertise and a mentality that everybody desires to enhance, desires to win. At Chelsea that’s the expectation.

“We’re not silly, we all know that. Nevertheless, issues do not all the time go as you intend and you need to take accountability for your self and the individuals round you, and simply attempt to get higher daily. I am positive later down the road we’ll begin successful. I am positive about that.

“I can solely converse for myself however for me it does not actually trouble me. We’re in a social media period the place it is extremely tough to please individuals. I am probably not that bothered, I do not care to look at it. I simply give attention to myself, my teammates and attempt to do the most effective I can each time I get a possibility.”